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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107 (Downtown)
901-527-3427
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Ranked #14 of 85 attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Traveler Description: Slave Haven is the former home of the Burkle family. In 1978, the family revealed that the home had been a stop on the underground railroad in... more »
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This is truly a place you must stop by and see. It's worth every penny to learn about the truths of our past in the United States. The house for which it stood was epic and hits the soul.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Stopped here at the recommendation of the Rockin' Running Tours guide and found it very informative. Not your typical museum, but it is still a worth while stop. Price is reasonable considering the length of the talk during the tour.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

From the outside, this place doesn't look like much. But inside, there was so much to see and learn! The historians who hosted our tour were knowledgable, passionate, and engaging. Even if you know a lot about slavery and the history of it, you are sure to learn new things on this tour. This is a must-see for anyone visiting... More

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China Spring, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Probably one of the highlights of our trip to Memphis. Upon viewing the outside of the building, our family questioned whether to send the money to go view the building. However, the tour was excellent. We had in our family 2 adults in their 50's, our son who is 14 and my mother in law. The guides are extremely knowledgeable... More

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a few difficulties finding the place but we are sure glad we stuck with it. The tour was informative without being one sided. Its honest without being shocking. The tour guides were well informed and open. Its educational and a must see for young and old people. The house itself isn't impressive or magnificent at all, the history... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Very informative. I went with my husband and we were surprised at how much we learned. The house is small but we are so glad we went.

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Fort worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

There's a lot to learn about our civilization as a whole. I think this place will tap into those interests and get you thinking. How can we be so blind. Imagining what it was like is very heart crushing and an eye opener. I recommend this experience to everyone regardless of race, color, gender or age.

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los angeles
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Very educational; wonderful tour guides. Learn how slaves transmitted coded information via songs (Negro spirituals) and quilts (patterns and symbols) to escape captivity. The Burkle Estate is about 10 minutes away from Beale Street-well worth the drive and it has air-conditioning.

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Ottawa, Illinois
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Very pleasant an knowledgeable and passionate staff. The ladies well very informative and cared deeply about the subject they spoke on. Very interesting and though provoking.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

As others have pointed out, don't judge the quality of this site from the exterior, which is a bit run down. Inside is an excellent overview of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Underground Railroad, and the history of the Burkle family. Although it's tucked away in a non-touristed section of Memphis, this site's importance to our history is as great... More

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